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Dwayne Johnson: Jumanji release date postponed to Christmas 2017

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Jumanji will arrive in theaters later than expected. Star Dwayne Johnson announced Friday the family comedy will be released in time for the 2017 holiday season, several months after its original July 28, 2017 release date.

“We were always slated to be released summer of 2017, but after months of shooting and editing our movie together, we realized we have a huge family franchise on our hands, that’s full of Christmas wish fulfillment, fun and heart,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “Like so many of us, it’s my FAVORITE time of the year and I LUV delivering holiday entertainment.”

Billed as a “continuation” of the 1995 action comedy with Robin Williams, the new Jumanji also stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas. The Jake Kasdan-directed movie will reportedly follow four teens playing the game and controlling “avatar” characters played by Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan.